Bronze Valley Conference Sets Tone For Tech-Based Economic Development

| February 17, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Mark Kelly

Organizers believe the inaugural Bronze Valley conference set a strong tone for the future of technology-based economic development in Birmingham, in Alabama and in the entire Southeast. That tone, and the role Bronze Valley will play, was established at the outset, in opening remarks by Bronze Valley’s chairman of the board, John O. Hudson III.

“We have to act now,” said Hudson, who is also senior vice president for Marketing and Business Development at Alabama Power. “The time is ripe for this idea and the role it can play in creating opportunity, realizing potential and nurturing places where economic development and cultural progress go hand in hand to strengthen entire communities.

“That’s what Bronze Valley is all about.”Held in Birmingham on Wednesday, Feb. 14, the conference attracted corporate executives, elected officials, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, policymakers and thought leaders from across the country. The agenda included a full day of panel discussions, breakout sessions and Q&As with top entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, including Kwame Anku, a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur and co-founder of the Black Angel Tech Fund, and Jared Weinstein, co-founder and general partner of New York-based Thrive Capital.

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